UP to 200 tonnes of unwanted verge collection goods including washing machines, TVs and carpets will avoid landfill because of a new waste contract agreed at Cottesloe Council recently.
“The company has suggested that by taking all the materials to their sorting facility they could achieve diversion rates as high as 80 per cent,” chief executive Mat Humfrey said.
Rising tip fees introduced by all state governments are putting pressure on councils to ensure as much bulk, general and green wastes are recovered, recycled or used as possible so costs are not passed to residents in rates.
Mr Humfrey said the new contract with Malaga-based West Tip Waste Control would save $31,390 during its 16 months because the 200t from verge collections was not being put into landfill.
The system at the West Tip’s plant dumps all rubbish in a receiving shed getting rid of non-conforming items before oversized items are taken out by front end loaders.
The subsequent separation process uses vibrating screens, density separators, magnets and picking areas to sort and clean as many items as possible for reuse and recycling, instead of sending it to dumps.
Mr Humfrey said there would be no changes to residents putting waste “neatly” on verges before general, bulk and green waste collections.